WSOP 2017: Three Former $50k PPC Champs In Top 10 After Day 2

After two full days of play in the WSOP $50,000 Poker Player Championship over half the 100 strong field have been eliminated, leaving 44 players coming back today for day 3. The current chip leader is high stakes live cash game player and 2004 bracelet winner, Aaron Katz with 1.642m chips, although he faces some very stiff competition with three former winners of the event in the top 10.

The highest placed of the three is 2-time PPC champ, Michael Mizrachi in 3rd place with 1.087m, with day 1's chip leader and fellow PPC champ Matt Ashton in 5th with 910.5k, and 2009's winner David Bach currently in 9th with 735k. Two former champs didn't make it to day 3, however, as both Mike Gorodinsky and Brian Rast crashed out relatively early in proceedings.

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Above: High stakes cash game player Aaron Katz is currently leading but with 3 former PPC champs close behind, how much longer can he hold on to the lead?

Others who won't be coming back today include 14-time WSOP champ Phil Hellmuth, 10-time champ Johnny Chan, and 6-time champ Jeff Lisandro - as well as a whole host of other multiple bracelet winners including Benny Glaser, Nick Schulman, John Monnette, Brock Parker, and Abe Mosseri.

Currently in second place is UK businessman (and the current WCOOP Main Event Champ) Talal Shakerchi, with Elior "Crazy Elior" Sion in 4th representing the highest placed of the internet generation. Online phenoms still doing well also include Jake "JLlama" Abdalla, Ike "philivey2694" Haxton, and Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, who occupy positions 10th, 11th, and 12th.

The old school is also still well represented with Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matusow, and Ralph Perry among the top 50% chip stacks. Both Matusow and Negreanu have made three final tables so far this year and have 16 cashes between them for the series.

The tournament picks up again at 2pm local time with limit blinds at 12k/24k and 3k/6k for the big bet games. Come back to HighstakesDB tomorrow to see how your favourite is doing.

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